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Wake schools candidate condemns name calling, personal attacks

Posted September 13, 2011
Updated September 14, 2011

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— Wake County school board member Keith Sutton accused the Republican board majority and their tea party supporters Tuesday of "name calling, attacks and division" after a controversial flier circulated at the last board meeting and was posted to Democratic candidates' Facebook pages on Monday.

The flier shows photos of National NAACP President Ben Jealous and state NAACP leader William Barber, including a photo of Barber being arrested by Raleigh police for protesting the end of the district's long-standing policy of busing for socioeconomic diversity policy last year.

Under the heading "INDOCTRINATION," the flier calls Democratic school board candidates Sutton, Susan Evans, Kevin Hill, Christine Kushner and Jim Martin "liberal allies" of Jealous and Barber, and accuses them of supporting forced busing, social engineering and quota systems in student assignment.

"We must vote to keep these five radicals away from our children," the flier states.

Sutton said the poster crosses the line and he is disappointed that people are "throwing mud" ahead of the Oct. 11 election.

"I would hope that both members of the board majority and our opponents would denounce such tactics being used," Sutton said. 

In a statement, he added, "It's time to put those tactics behind us and focus on what is best for our children, our schools and Wake County's future."

He said the person who posted the flier to his Facebook went by the name Rino Hunter, a term used by tea party activists to accuse Republican candidates of being RINOs – Republicans In Name Only.


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  • chevybelair57sd Sep 15, 2011

    Mud flies both ways, hope the majority wins, it's the American way, if you don't agree, get a passport!

  • injameswetrust2003 Sep 14, 2011

    Mr. Sutton is really part of the old board that didn't listen to parents. Here's hoping that he and Mr. Personality both get voted out.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Sep 14, 2011

    Its raining cold, hard facts up in here. Its not considered name calling or personal attacks if what is said is true.

  • SueInNC Sep 14, 2011

    That board needs to be outed...let a whole new board in - let the board be Parents...we'll get it right and won't bicker and name call.

  • Screw WrAl Sep 14, 2011

    Sutton doesn't know what he supports. He's as confused as the others who won't be re-elected. Or should I say re-appointed.

  • Hater like Darth Vader Sep 14, 2011

    What is Carl Winslow from "Family Matters" doing on the Wake School Board?

  • Hater like Darth Vader Sep 14, 2011

    It's sad when people aren't allowed to win every argument by accusing other people of being bigots huh? I always knew that when racism went away, there would be a few people in the minority that were sad to see it go.

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 14, 2011

    What? What? Why? Why? Those down right disgusting Liberal thinking they got the corner on the market for arrogants.

  • etshoney Sep 14, 2011

    Well, it seems when the dirt starts flying the other way it's time to stop! Review all the accusations thrown around by the supporters of the "Progressives" on the board and, I might add, they were encouraged by the these same board members. Give me a break and the posting is just stating the facts. When it comes time for an election the truth doesn't matter. I guess you should have thought of that 2 years ago.

  • dontstopnow Sep 14, 2011

    Got to love how the truth will always be told and heard from time to time even though the venue was maybe not the best one, it definitely worked now that WRAL has the story... and to think I have never even heard about this until now and this guy talking....LOL.... love that freedom of speech...(open mouth and insert foot syndrone.)